For the past few months, I have been working with wet plate collodion photography. It’s something I’ve wanted to start for at least a couple of years, and this summer I had a chance to take a workshop with Kerik Kouklis.
And, no kidding, I am in love.
There are many, many reasons, but I think the key one for me is this: there’s the smallest distance between the maker and the final image. It’s so hands on, so organic, so physical at each and every stage. Everything you do leaves a trace, and you finish with a tangible object in your hands.
And, while I should double-stress that this is not a practical guide to doing it yourself, my good friend Haje has posted a piece I have written about making ambrotypes, over on the mighty photocritic.
(The image above is a 4×5″ clear glass ambrotype, that is it’s a one off image that becomes a postive when against a black background.)